Thu, May 27|
Buddhism & Stoicism Discussion, Level 2 Event
Many today often draw parallels between Stoicism and its Eastern counterpart, Buddhism. They do have their differences, but the similarities are striking, not least of which they seem to have been founded independently, geographically worlds away, at around the same time!
Time & Location
May 27, 2021, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM GMT+2
About the Event
Greetings fellow Stoics!
Today we're hosting a discussion on the differences and similarities between Buddhism and Stoicism. Especially with the resurgence of Stoic philosophy in popular discourse, especially in the form of the Modern Stoicism movement and its outgrowths, many have drawn parallels between Buddhism and Stoicism. They have some differences, but they also have striking similarities, and for two philosophies which had been founded around the same time yet thousands of kilometers away and seemingly independently or without direct knowledge of each other, this begs us to question if there is something more fundamental about human experience and the human mind which can explain why these philosophies' respective founders came to such similar conclusions...but I digress. We'll focus on a few questions more germane to our topic today:
- What does Buddhist philosophy say?
- How do Buddhism and Stoicism compare and contrast?
- What makes Stoics not Buddhists, and Buddhists not Stoics?
- How can Buddhism inform our living philosophy?
This is a level 2 event, which means you must be familiar with some basic Stoic concepts and have some experience living Stoicism already in order to feel comfortable in this discussion. Please consult the details on what level 2 means here: https://www.berlinstoics.com/event-organization.
There are various resources we ask you to use to get familiar with the topic at hand. You don't have to become an expert, just familiarize yourself with some of the texts published on comparing and contrasting these philosophies. These sources should give you a solid introduction.
- And two additional, more academic and deep-dive texts focusing on specific Buddhist or philosophical concepts including the self, detachment, and dispassion: https://www.academia.edu/4739390/The_Meaning_of_Detachment_in_Daoism_Buddhism_and_Stoicism and https://quod.lib.umich.edu/e/ergo/12405314.0005.024/--dispassion-as-an-ethical-ideal?rgn=main;view=fulltext
You can also post further recommended reading on the topic or related topics in our discussion forum: https://www.berlinstoics.com/forum/recommendations/buddhism.
Today's discussion will run the 1.5 hours. We don't partition the time, but we will always connect the theory to practice. Please submit specific Leitfragen/prompts you would like discussed either here in our forum https://www.berlinstoics.com/forum/weekly-prompts/may-27-2021-buddhism-prompts or in our Telegram group chat (more on this below). You can submit yours right up until the start of the event and Steve will select a few to cover.
A couple of words: (1) If you haven't already, you can join our Telegram discussion group and our announcements channel by contacting us with your cell number and we'll add you. (2) The link to this event will be active between 20 and 10 minutes ahead of the start time, and we use https://meet.jit.si/ for our video conferencing. (3) Lastly, we have recently been streaming our events live on youtube and saving them on file, especially for those who cannot make particular events; at the start of each event, Steve will of course ask if everyone is okay or anyone has a problem with this. Furthermore, we only share recordings to those who had not attended if we reach the threshold of 4 participants (other than the facilitator).
We look forward to seeing you there!